A biography of a famous Japanese poet. The book explores Ishikawa Takuboku’s (pseudonym of Ishikawa Hajime) intent to be a writer at all costs. His poems are easy to read and he is a master in the art of tanka. He passed away at the age of 26 of tuberculosis.
Here’s a tanka from the poet,
Seeing off at the train station
My wife came with our daughter on her back.
I caught sight of her eyebrows
Through a blanket of snow.